Holst and Vaughan Williams on Record: Andrew Marsden

Saturday 29 June, 3.00pm

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Holst and Vaughan Williams on Record: Andrew Marsden

Hear performances of works by Holst and Vaughan Williams as they were originally recorded, presented by an expert collector.

A lifetime's specialism in early recordings conducted by British composers has allowed Andrew Marsden to create a programme especially for Holst 150, explaining the pioneering achievements of Gustav Holst and his friend Vaughan Williams, of their teacher Charles Stanford, and of the performers who gave their works birth.

When he was four, Andrew Marsden was let loose on his late grandfather's cabinet of 78rpm records. 10,000 records later, Andrew entertains himself and his audiences by giving talks about the astonishing circumstances in which these early records were made. He plays these original recordings through modern equipment, to the delight of his audiences. Andrew Marsden is an Essex barrister, hoping soon to retire to spend more time with his records.

Venue: United Reformed Church, Bolford Street, Thaxted CM6 2PY
Tickets: £10. Unreserved seating.

“[The Tippett Quartet] concert as part of the 2023 Thaxted Festival revealed a group of musicians of profound interpretative depth, and capable of traversing a wide range of repertoire.”
Colin Clarke, Classical Explorer
“A positively life-enhancing performance of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love in English with reduced ensemble by Wild Arts…”
Colin Clarke, Classical Explorer
“The performance was a joy … and the quartet brought out its sense of both structural and linear perfection.” Holst’s Phantasy Quartet Op 36 performed by the Tippett Quartet.
Colin Clarke, Classical Explorer
“The Tippett Quartet and Emma Abbate have performed Schumann’s Piano Quintet together many times. On this occasion they combined flawless execution with instinctive – and utterly engaging – musicianship.”
Claire Seymour, in Seen and Heard International.
“…this was a wonderfully enjoyable and engaging performance that really punched above its weight. The audience in Thaxted clearly loved it and were fully engaged, whilst this experienced reviewer was carried away as well.”
Wild Art’s production of The Elixir of Love, reviewed by Robert Hugill in Planet Hugill
“2 terrific concerts I heard with London Mozart Players.”
Thaxted Festival concertgoer
“I think Gustav is smiling down to see how his memory and that of his best friend and colleague Ralph Vaughan Williams are honoured by the expertly played pieces they both composed.”
Thaxted Festival concertgoer
“It's always the variety and quality which keeps me coming back.”
Thaxted Festival concertgoer
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